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Sharon Kay Penman

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Penman received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, she majored in history, and also received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Rutgers University School of Law, and later worked as a tax lawyer. Penman suffered from an eighteen month bout with mononucleosis.

The Sunne in Splendour, a novel about Richard III of England is one of the most popular books on the Historical Novel Society's list of best historical novels. In 1996, following the success of When Christ and His Saints Slept (which dealt with the Anarchy and the early career of King Henry II of England), Penman ventured into the historical whodunnit with four mysteries set in the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine during the reign of Richard I. The mysteries did n
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Sharon Kay Penman What an interesting question. I don't think I can narrow it down to just one benefit, for there are so many. Having so much independence. Not having…moreWhat an interesting question. I don't think I can narrow it down to just one benefit, for there are so many. Having so much independence. Not having to work in an office from 9-5 every day. Being able to travel in order to research my books. Getting to meet readers, especially since the advent of social media like Goodreads and Facebook; I'm still resisting Twitter, for a woman who writes 800 page novels is not going to communicate well in just 140 characters! As for the writing itself, when it is going well, there is no better feeling in the world. I love breathing life into historical figures and creating bygone worlds; it is also great fun to besiege castles and fight battles--very therapeutic!(less)
Sharon Kay Penman It came to me gradually, back when I was writing my novel about the Third Crusade, Lionheart. I realized that I wanted to write about the Kingdom of…moreIt came to me gradually, back when I was writing my novel about the Third Crusade, Lionheart. I realized that I wanted to write about the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the tragic young Baldwin IV, the Leper King, and his two sisters, Sybilla and Isabella. And since I was unable to bring Saladin on center stage in Lionheart since he and Richard I never met--rather like Elizabeth Tudor and Mary, Queen of Scots--I realized that I could bring Saladin into the action in Outremer, the working title of the new book.(less)
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May 4th is the anniversary of the great battle fought in 1471 which resulted in a total triumph for the Yorkist king, Edward. It was one of the most challenging battles I’ve had to write about, in part because so much was going on. And of course the chase itself was very dramatic as Marguerite sought desperately to cross the River Severn and Edward moved heaven and earth to catch her before she... Read more of this blog post »
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message 8: by Anita

Anita Elder Sharon,
I've wanted to see a movie version of The Sunne in Splendour for a very long time! Here's my suggestions for the cast:
Edward IV - Chris Hemsworth
Richard III - Dominic Cooper
Elizabeth Woodville - Lena Headey
Warwick - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Cecily Neville - Helen Mirren
Margaret of Anjou - Fanny Ardant


message 7: by Anita

Anita Elder Hi Sharon. We've exchanged email several times in the past. Looking forward to reading you newest book (after I finish The Sunne in Splendour for the third time...my all-time favorite book!).


Sharon Penman Kimberly wrote: "Thank you for adding me Sharon!"

HI, Kimberly. I spend more time on Facebook because I have never figured out how to navigate Goodreads. So if you're on Facebook, too, do friend me. Sharon


Sharon Penman Brenna wrote: "Sharon, I just finished Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran. Bloody Brillant!! Thank you for the recommendation!"

I'm glad you liked it, Brenna. It grabbed me from that first amazing birth scene. Sharon


Brenna Sharon, I just finished Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran. Bloody Brillant!! Thank you for the recommendation!


message 3: by Iset (last edited Aug 13, 2011 01:03PM)

Iset Happy Birthday, Sharon! Hope you've been having a good one.

(It's Beth, by the way, I've been tinkering with my profile today.)


Sara W Thank you so much for the friend request! I absolutely LOVE your books (as does everyone else in the European Royalty group)!


Rosemary Sharon, thanks so much for contacting me. We share UT Austin as well as a love of historical fiction. Your books sound wonderful!


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